Productivity: Firms, Markets, and Economies

12 June 2018 17:05

(updated: 12 June 2018 17:46)

Productivity: Firms, Markets, and Economies

We are happy to invite you to a PhD course with Chad Syverson from the University of Chicago

The course will take place from June 25 to June 28.

The first section of the course will lay the necessary conceptual groundwork by introducing students to productivity as a concept, how it is measured, and the basic patterns of firm-level productivity both in the cross section and over time.

The second section looks at explanations for productivity differences across producers and how this is related to differences in firm performance as well as earnings inequality and labor's share of income.

The third section examines the burgeoning literature that investigates the efficiency (or lack thereof) of the allocation of resources across heterogeneous-productivity producers. This involves work that is both positive, describing the allocation as-is, and normative, asking what is efficient and whether market mechanisms support this or instead are impeded by frictions from achieving more efficient outcomes.

The fourth section zooms out to explore more aggregate patterns of productivity and how they are related to the microeconomic patterns that underlie it.

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